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Haskell Programming by Christopher    Allen
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Jan 12, 2016

bookshelves: on-hold

I'm not finished working through this book yet, but it really is phenomenal. The authors fuse theory and practicality in a way I don't think I've seen done so effectively in any other instructional text. A lot of the beauty of this book comes from Haskell itself, syntax reflects conceptual structure, complex ideas follow naturally from simpler ideas, thoughtful approaches make intricate problems much more linear, etc. The thing is, that other educational Haskell texts manage to complicate and confuse despite the fact that Haskell is so well designed to be taught, because they don't look to the language for guidance on how it should be taught, whereas the authors here really try to do exactly what the title says, teach from first principles. When done this way, learning Haskell is constantly challenging, but never frustrating, and often really beautiful.
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